Teeth in the mist / Dawn Kurtagich.

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      1st ed.
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      Summary: Inspired by the legend of Faust and told in alternating timelines, sixteen-year-old Roan arrives at Mill House as a ward and discovers she is connected to an ancient evil secret, while, centuries later, seventeen-year-old Zoey explores the dwelling's ruins and soon realizes she is not alone.
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      Publishers Weekly, May 2019
      Booklist, May 2019
      Bulletin (Center for Children's Books), May 2019
      Kirkus Review, April 2019
      Young Adult Follett School Solutions.
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Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1

A mysterious, foreboding house in Wales connects two teenage girls across time. In 1851, orphaned Roan arrives at the Mill House alongside Irish Emma and her brother, Seamus. All three have been taken in by the house's owner, Dr. Maudley, but Roan has her suspicions. There is something about the house that unsettles her, and she hears a strange voice in her head that she tries to ignore. Meanwhile, in the present day, Zoey has lost her father. He's not dead, but he was obsessed with the allegedly haunted ruins of the Mill House. Now his mind is gone, and Zoey is determined to find out what happened to him—even if it means following in his footsteps too closely. Roan's story, which draws from Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, reads like a classic gothic horror story, while Zoey's is all found footage, an amalgamation of Blair Witch Project–esque film transcripts, text messages, and diary entries. Grotesque elements and sometimes-esoteric prose make this primarily a read for ardent genre fans, but how those genre fans will consume it. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 May #2

Kurtagich (And the Trees Crept In) fuses horror and fantasy in this retelling of the Faust legend that follows two story lines. After her father's death in 1851, 16-year-old Roan Evelyn Eddington moves to a remote mountaintop mansion in Wales to live with her new guardian, Dr. Maudley; his adopted son, Rapley; and fellow wards Seamus and Emma. Rumor has it that Mill House is haunted by its architect's wife, whom locals burned as a witch after many laborers and her own children disappeared. But Roan soon discovers that there is something much darker and more powerful that intends to claim not just their lives but also their souls. Nearly 170 years later, Zoey Root, 16, goes looking for answers in Mill House's ruins after her father journeys there to research his roots and returns "insane, or something like it." The girls' stories unfold in tandem, tension mounting as each uncovers the origins of her magical abilities and the terrible truth about Mill House. Despite a murky central mythology, two shoehorned romances (one straight, one gay), and an abrupt conclusion, Kurtagich delivers a creepy, atmospheric tale of subjugation, female self-empowerment, and redemption. Ages 14–up. Agents: Sarah Davies and Polly Nolan, Greenhouse Literary. (June)

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